The Seattle Seahawks have an incredible amount of heart as a football team, and it showed in yesterday’s victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs definitely shocked us all by jumping out to a 21-0 lead, but the Seahawks got behind one of the league’s best home crowds and took things to overtime after Russell Wilson tied it up with under two minutes left by tossing a ten-yard touchdown pass to the always-underrated (and clutch) Doug Baldwin. It was an ugly game, but the Seahawks were able to pull it out 27-24 in overtime and now have eight wins on the season.
With Sidney Rice out for the year, the Seahawks pass-catching depth has been tested, and the talent at wide receiver was already called into question even before Rice’s injury. I view the offensive line’s injuries as a bigger part of the Seahawks offensive struggles (Russell Okung will help significantly alleviate the incredible amount of pressure that Wilson has faced), but there is no doubt that getting somebody like, you know, Percy Harvin would be a huge boost.
Harvin was able to return to practice a couple of weeks ago, but the Seahawks have prudently decided to rest him. He has recovered quickly and well from offseason hip surgery, but Pete Carroll is 100% correct in being as cautious as possible with their new star receiver. The last thing they need is for the oft-injured Harvin to have a setback, especially since the 8-1 Seahawks clearly have their eyes set on a Super Bowl-winning season. They need Harvin to help them get past the Denver Broncos of the world, in addition to the teams in their own conference, so I love their patient policy.
However, the Seahawks have now played in two ugly games against clearly inferior opponents in the Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams these past two weeks, and both games came down to a dramatic finish. It makes for interesting headlines, but it’s concerning. Still, the Seahawks need to keep their eyes on the prize, particularly when it comes to deciding on Harvin’s status.
According to 710 ESPN Seattle’s Liz Mathews, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stated that Percy Harvin will “run hard today” but is still considered “day-to-day” by the organization. It looks like Harvin will once again practice this week, but I fully expect the Seahawks to continue to play the cautious card and rest him this week. They face the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings in their next two games, and those are two more easy opponents. The Seahawks are perfectly fine with keeping Harvin on the 53-man roster but simply deactivating him on gamedays when creating the 46-man roster that is needed. Since the Seahawks have a bye week in Week 12 before finally facing a tough matchup in the New Orleans Saints, we could see Harvin held out until December.